YFD Line of Duty Death #03
J. Smith Cowden, Firefighter
Date of Death: March 22, 1902
Burial Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, Youngstown, Ohio
J. Smith Cowden was appointed to the fire department on July 8, 1901. He was assigned to Station 1. He had only been a fireman for 9 months when he responded to a fire at Stambaugh’s stable on Belmont Ave. The date was November 1, 1901. It was 6:00am when the call came in. Fireman Cowden was operating a hose line on the structure when, without warning, the wall gave way and buried himself and two other firemen. He would pass away 20 weeks after the accident at the city hospital never having been well enough to leave.